This movie was great if you ask me. And if you know me, of course you will ask me. Anyways, enough silliness, let’s get to the nitty-grittyness. At the end of Winter Soldier, Steve Rogers decided he had to track down Bucky and either bring him to heel, or sway him back to “the right side,” but then Tony Stark set Ultron loose upon the world, and there wasn’t any time to search in the midst of all that. But certainly, anyone else in the world with powers most have gone to ground in light of the events in Sokovia. Right? Well it turns out Bucky can still be controlled as long as anyone has the right code words. The world’s governments realize that they have to keep superhumans in check, and are none too happy that Hulk and Thor aren’t accounted for in this film.
I’m not happy about that either. I love those guys. But there is almost too much going on in this. Sure tons of little back stories and side conflicts surfaced in age of Ultron, but they also made them part of the main plot. I love Scarlet Witch, and am just glad to see her in more scenes even though she’s in too few. Regardless she shines brightly, especially in some really cute relationship type stuff going on with Vision, who is by far one of my favorite people, or not people as it were. Ant Man is here, and Paul Rudd delivers amazing comic timing for his very very brief appearance in the film. The inclusion of Spider-Man in here surprisingly doesn’t make me gag like I thought it would. I mean how many Spider-Men can there be before there are too many Spider-Men?
Tony is all for keeping their powers in check, but he has just as much of a problem with right and wrong as everyone else does in this film. Throughout Captain America is convinced one way is right, and Tony is convinced the other way is right. With Cap though, it is more his sense of doing the most good for the most people, while for Tony it’s about something more closely related to his over the top ego. Which is dumb, because he lost Pepper, and he also was solely responsible for the creation of the world’s first sentient program, which almost destroyed all life on the planet. Wake up Tony. Steve is the real hero in this movie. But of course, that’s why the movie is called Captain America: Civil War!
I love the dynamic between the two throughout all the films, butting heads the entire time. Of course this is what would happen. It’s a bit on the predictable side, but also all the fans were dying to see something like the Civil War storyline mirrored in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Black Panther is nicely teased into the mix, and they do a lot of cool stuff with him, but I just want more of him, but it’s nice how his motivations and actions throughout stem from the same place as Tony’s decisions, and ultimately the villain’s decisions. It is a nice mirror effect going on here. Nobody is free of blame. Nothing is black and white, pure good and evil. I mean, this is why Batman V. Superman was so good in my opinion. Way to be, Marvel. Ultron started asking the bigger questions and you truly delivered with this film.
Also this being a Captain America movie, they bring the focus back round to Steve and Bucky as the finale looms, and they really end it on a high note. Black Widow’s functionality as a double agent really plays well into how she views her allegiances throughout the film, and seeing her and Clint not agree on something is also a welcome and fun surprise. I love how Rhodey unflinchingly goes along with Tony, and how Sam Wilson does this in equal measure but with Cap. The film-makers really covered all corners with this one, and I couldn’t be more proud. See for yourself….
Oh, and Doctor Strange? It comes out sooooooooon!